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INDEX Awards Sponsor PRESTO communicate the advantages of using electronic faucets in public sanitary solutions

11 Apr. 2021

Water saving solutions provider and INDEX Awards Silver Sponsor, PRESTO, gives an insight on the hygienic and environmental benefits of using electronic faucets in public spaces.

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IT DOES MORE THAN SAVE WATER

Public spaces are frequented by millions of people, especially spaces like airports, shopping malls, restaurants, and theaters. These places are used regularly, even intensively, and must be impeccably clean. Imagine an airport, washbasins and WCs are used by lots of users a year or at the most 3,000 a day. Using electronic faucets help with cutting off the flow of water as soon as your hands move away. This greatly impacts reduction in water consumption; the electronic tap brings 90% additional savings compared to a mechanical timed model.

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DISEASE PREVENTION

No-contact faucets promote hygiene, unlike timed or conventional faucets, which are operated first with dirty hands and then with clean hands (which are not necessarily clean anymore). They also bring comfort since there is no effort to make the water flow or stop.

Electronic faucets are a tool to fight against legionella, thanks to configurable flows that allow to renew the water in the siphons and to limit its stagnation in the pipes. Finally, the electronic taps are more design-oriented, with refined lines. This is the case of the wall-mounted faucet, which is increasingly common, especially in combination with a soap dispenser and a hand dryer, all three of which are positioned above the sink.

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SENSITIVE TOUCH CONTROL

Sensitive Touch technology is a compromise between infrared detection and mechanical time delay. The manual control is very flexible, performed by simply touching the sensitive button, while the flow is stopped either by touching it again or by letting the adjustable delay play its role.

This type of triggering is interesting when sanitary facilities have large reflective surfaces that can disturb infrared cells. Or when you do not want to disturb the user or if the mechanical push button is too hard (elderly people and children). In schools, for example, the Touch control is particularly suitable for children. Especially since the shut-off can be voluntary – just touch the tap button again – or automatic, via the timer. This way, children can be taught to turn off the water, without fear that they will forget to do so.

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AUTOMATIC AND MIXED FLUSHING

In toilets, the contribution of electronics is limited in terms of water savings, as any flush requires a minimum volume, established at 3/6 liters in France. However, combined with automatic flushes, it is a guarantee of cleanliness. The electronics are systematically associated with a manual flush button, in order to reassure users who prefer to flush the toilet themselves and leave the premises, having been able to check the cleanliness of the bowl. But, for the manager, it is the certainty that the toilet bowl will be flushed in any case, even if a user has not pressed the flush button.

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ELECTRONICS ARE INDISPENSABLE

Compared to toilet bowls, urinals have the advantage of avoiding urine splashes on the floor, which not only give a poor image of the premises, but also make maintenance more difficult. That is why, if they sometimes give off a nasty smell, it is preferable not to remove them, but to equip them with electronic taps. This is made easier by the fact that Presto offers exposed electronic models designed to quickly replace existing push buttons.

Because it has become obvious that the flush button on the urinal increasingly repels men. However, if the number of rinses is reduced and the bowl is not cleaned or the water in the trap is not renewed, the familiar smell will appear. In a second step, the stagnant urine in the drain turns into crystals that settle until the pipes are completely blocked.

Thanks to electronics, the necessary rinsing is carried out, avoiding bad smells and preserving the installation. The number and duration of flushes can be adjusted according to the frequency of use of the urinals, while periodic automatic triggers are generated to ensure perfect hygiene.

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ABOUT PRESTO

Since 1927, the PRESTO group has designed, manufactured and distributed the most water-efficient tapware to facilities open to the public. The inventor of the timed-flow tap, a technology made in France, unique throughout the world, our company has since developed hundreds of patented taps. From invention to innovation, the PRESTO group is the leader in the design and manufacture of tapware and accessories for sanitary appliances in healthcare facilities (with the SANIFIRST brand®). Today, more than ever, the PRESTO group is committed to saving water in public spaces.

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